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Division of Hematology/Oncology

Student Information


Rotation Supervisor:

Aziz Khan, MD
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Simmons Cancer Institute
315 W. Carpenter St.
Springfield, IL
(217) 545-7969



Contact Information:

One to two weeks before the rotation begins, contact Kissindra Moore at (217) 545-7969 for instructions.  On Monday morning, you will report to the Division office (SCI 2076) unless other arrangements have been made.  The schedule regarding divisional activities will be emailed if requested.


Length of Rotation:

One to Two weeks


To familiarize you with the diagnosis, work-up and treatment of hematologic/oncologic disorders. Clinical correlation with physical findings and morphologic evaluation of normal and abnormal findings will be the major objective. Also, opportunity will be given for learning the technique of bone marrow and bone marrow biopsies.


Guidance is given for the use of electronic media and the CD
ROMs etc. for expertise in evaluation of smears and pathology
of other materials.


Students are expected to attend Hematology/Oncology lectures Wednesday through Friday beginning at 8 a.m. in room 2004 at SCI.  Lecture schedules will be provided to you before you start service.  At approximately 9 a.m., inpatient rounds with the attending and residents start at either St. John’s Hospital or Memorial Medical Center.  Beginning at approximately 1 p.m. you are expected to report to the outpatient Hematology/Oncology clinic (Clinic B at SCI) were you will see patients and present cases to an assigned faculty member.  There are tumor boards and other divisional activities throughout the week that you are encouraged to attend.  Consult your activity schedule.  Weekend rounds are not mandatory but you may choose to round with the attending/residents on service.

Assessment Methods:

Observations during the exposure with the faculty will be the main source for assessing the students. Currently, we plan for written assessment. When possible, the evaluations will be discussed with the students. Any negative performance will be discussed with the student in the earlier part of the rotation.

Rotation Assessment:

This will be evaluated by the division chief and the faculty and will allow us to assess the student expectations and our response.